Tracking Monofilament Line Recycling to Make a Difference for Our Wildlife

The goal of this project is to reduce the harmful effects of monofilament line by installing 15 monofilament-line recycling containers at Clean Marinas. New to this project is data collection involving Marine Debris Tracker app. As one of the Clean Marina partners, N.C. Big Sweep has successfully partnered with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management on a number of marine debris related projects. In 2004, N.C. Big Sweep launched an Ocean Pier Litter Initiative in which Big Sweep worked with the Division to install signs educating pier fishermen on the hazards associated with marine debris at all the ocean piers along the coast. This effort also included a monofilament line recycling component that was well received by fishermen and pier operators. N.C. Big Sweep partnered with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management on a follow-up effort in 2006 to install marine debris educational signs and monofilament-line recycling containers at 55 coastal marinas. Five of these marinas are certified N.C. Clean Marinas. During the intervening years, 14 additional marinas have been certified as Clean Marinas, but currently do not have monofilament-line recycling containers.

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